I finished this quilt about a month ago. A friend made two blocks for me, and I created the rest of the quilt around those two blocks. Can you tell which ones she made?
Earlier in the year I finished this quilt that I had been working on for some time. I bought the pattern for it 15 to 20 years ago and never had time to make it until now. It is called "Hawaiian Sunrise." I wanted it bigger than the pattern made it, so I just added more black. When I got it done, I thought it was too much black, so I made the throw pillow to go with it.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I finished this cute pinwheel quilt this morning. My trainer at the gym is expecting her first baby next week, and I decided to go to my scraps and create another baby quilt. I did not have to buy any of the fabric, backing or batting. It was all from my stash or scrap bins. I machine quilted it, using a Treble Cleft design I got with one of my quilting magazines. Pretty fun, if I do say so myself.
It has been too long since I even turned on the sewing machine!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Next project minus the borders
This has been a fun and fast project. I have wanted to make a Jacob's Ladder for several years, but just never got around to it. A few months ago I saw a tutorial on-line and decided it was time to think about it. I made the blocks from fat quarters that came in packets that I never used on another project, or from left-over other projects. A fat quarter will make 2 blocks, so I set one in the left-over yellow from my Dorinda quilt and matched the mottled look in gold. Next I set the blocks opposite each other and made a four block larger block. It is roughly 60 X 80 inches at this point. I haven't decided what to do for the borders, but am leaning to using the gold, as I still have some fabric left over. The yellow is gone, so I can't use any of that.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Here are the last 5 blocks and the finished top
This is block #49. It is called Yankee Puzzle, a subject of concern was Lincoln's philosophy of Liberty and Union. Was it possible?
Block # 50 is "Grapes of Wrath" (sorry it is so blurred) This block represents the song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". The story behind the poem, and later the music is it set to...Julia Ward Howe was on a trip to Washington DC and the song "John Brown's Body" was a favorite marching song for the troops. She was disturbed by the words, thinking the music needed something more patriotic. When she returned home, she wrote the poem which was set to the music of the marching song.
Block 51 is called "New York" remembering the ladies of New York who held bazaars and other fundraisers to aid the soldiers.
Block # 52 is called "Christmas Star" in remembrance of the first Christmas of the Civil War.
And the final block #53 (there were 53 Saturdays in 2011) is called "Union Shield" a symbol used in many quilts and samplers during the 1860's and '70's.
The blocks are 8.5 inches square, and I wanted to make a King sized quilt, so I made several blocks with different fabric, and came up with 80 blocks. I set them 8 across and 10 rows down. I probably should have mitered the corners, but with the pattern in the border print, I was afraid I would not be able to match them exactly, so they are not mitered. The quilt is being held side-ways view, with the top corner on the upper right corner. The corner blocks are all the same pattern, but with different fabric, so they do not look much alike.
This was a fun project. I am glad it is done to this point. I have to find fabric to put on the back. I will probably give this one to one of Vonda's children, as Robert served in South Carolina while he was in the Navy. He came home with a Rebel flag, and loved the history he learned while there.